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Nikki Tawi bridge inaugurated
Let’s bridge hearts and minds too: Mehbooba
Jammuites cautioned against those spreading canards, hatred
JAMMU, Apr 19: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday stated that her government embarked on an ambitious connectivity plan for the state but the main objective was to connect their hearts and minds so that the people of one region could feel the pain of people of other region and one area could shares its joys and sorrows with the other area.

“The bridges not only connect areas but also bring people closer to each other in terms of cultures, emotions and needs,” she said.

The Chief Minister was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the 300 metre pre stressed concrete double lane bridge over Nikki Tawi here today.

The Chief Minister complimented the citizens of Jammu for having maintained peace and harmony among various sections of the society. She, however, cautioned people against the nefarious designs of some negative elements intending to spread canard and hatred in the society while appealing people to maintain this amity.

Built at a cost of Rs 30 Cr, the bridge would connect a population of sixty thousand with the main city and the work had been completed in a record time of 13 months.

Mehbooba said her government planned the development of Jammu city befitting its historicity and antiquity. She said soon the Bikram Chowk flyover would be thrown open giving the commuters a big relief. Similarly, she said, parking slots were being developed at many spots in the city to decongest the traffic. She said Mubarak Mandi complex would be developed as a heritage site of national standards.

The Chief Minister said she had given categorical directions that the developmental projects should not be spilt over in terms of costs or timeline. “There has been a tendency to keep projects pending for 10-15 years which has to be reversed,” she said adding that she directed that at the time of laying of foundation stone of a project the completion date should also be mentioned in the plaque itself.

Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh in his address said the completion of the bridge in a record time was a tribute to fomer Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed who was keen that the people of these villages should get an easy connectivity to the Jammu city. He said the present government made it mandatory upon itself to stick to the time lines of projects so that these did not spill over in terms of cost and time.

Minister for PWD Naeem Akhtar in his speech said the need for such a bridge was felt for long and the in time completion of the project reflected the commitment and seriousness of the government for the development of the state. He also stressed on the need to connect people of the state with each other emotionally, mentally and behaviorally so that the state could march ahead in one voice on the road to prosperity.

Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat in his address thanked the Chief Minister for taking keen interest in the timely completion of the bridge. He said the coalition government decided to revolutionize the infrastructure and service delivery in the state.

Former minister and MLA Choudhary Sukhnandan also addressed the gathering.

Commissioner Secretary, PWD, Rohit Kansal; Manging Director, JKPCC, Dileep Thussu; Chief Engineers of several engineering wings and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

News Updated at : Thursday, April 20, 2017
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